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Julio Teheran to make his major league debut on Saturday

May 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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I mentioned earlier that the Eric Hosmer callup is going to interfere with my Friday night plans with the wife. Well, might as well cancel the entire weekend, Mrs. Calcaterra, because on Saturday it’s even better: the Braves have called up top prospect Julio Teheran and will give him the start against the Phillies.

Teheran is not just considered the Braves’ top prospect. According to Keith Law he is the best pitching prospect in all of baseball.  Just 20 years-old, he’s listed as 6’2″, but he is described as having a long and easy delivery with a plus fastball and a great changeup.  So far at AAA Gwinnett the righthander has had five starts. In those five starts he’s 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 30 innings while walking eight. He had a 2.59 ERA and 159/40 K/BB ratio in 142 innings across three levels last year.

Whether this is a permanent callup is an open question. The Braves needed to do something thanks to a rainout and a doubleheader earlier this week. They had penciled in Tommy Hanson on short rest for Sunday, but Atlanta tends not to like giving him short rest.  Another option was Mike Minor, who has at least pitched in the bigs before and would seem like a more likely stopgap starter than Teheran, but he just pitched last night. Given that the Braves’ rotation is otherwise just fine, it’s entirely possible that this is just a one-off for Teheran.

But one-off or not, it’s a formidable opponent in the debut. Going against the Phillies is a tall order, but the fact that he won’t be facing one of the four aces is a plus for him, and hopefully will take some of the pressure off. That is, as long as me and thousands of fellow Braves fanboys squealing like girls at a Beatles concert doesn’t cause any pressure.

  1. Jonny 5 - May 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Well, It’ll be cool to watch him against KK actually. This pleases me.

  2. trevorb06 - May 6, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Craig, why is there whiteout all over your compu… oh… nevermind.

    • jimbo1949 - May 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

      Like Custer said: those Braves just kept coming and coming.

  3. bobulated - May 6, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I’m keep hearing rumors they are shopping Lowe to make room for Tehran or Minor.

    • Craig Calcaterra - May 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM

      I heard that too. Not sure what they think they can get for Lowe, though. And given that they should expect to contend for at least the wild card this year, it may not make a ton of sense to part with Lowe. Jurrjens could go down. Anything could happen.

      • bobulated - May 6, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        Agreed, you can’t have too much starting pitching. Unless someone desperate knocks their socks off on a deal for Lowe they should hold onto him.

  4. cur68 - May 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    This is what you do Craig: get on the interwebs. Down load every single thing you can on Lil Tim Lincicum (especially when he’s hatless) and sit her in front of it with a large box of chocolate, ice cream in the fridge, and flowers in a jug. Its mother’s day weekend (in Canada at any rate; tell she’s so special she gets this twice if you lot have a different day). She’ll be so distracted for 6 to 8 hours you should easily be able to monitor your team’s progress, fanboy squeals and all.

    • Old Gator - May 7, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      Julio Teheran is a Muslim!

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